Animal Assisted Therapy | Kay Trotter

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Animal Assisted Therapy

ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY

Animal assisted therapy uses trained animals to enhance an individual’s physical, emotional and social well-being, which improves self-esteem, reduces anxiety and facilitates healing. It can also greatly improve hyperactivity and impulsivity in children and adolescents.


EQUINE ASSISTED COUNSELING

Equine Assisted Counseling utilizes horses to increase each participant’s awareness of their thoughts, words, and actions. With this type of counseling, the horse acts as a metaphor for relationships, which provides clients the opportunity to look at what works, what doesn’t work, whose needs are being met, whose problem it is, and to take responsibility for recognizing how personal actions affect others.

Through their experience with the horse, clients learn to observe and respond to behaviors of the horse instead of staying stuck in their current patterns. Clients also learn about their attitudes toward their temptations or addictions and identify the behaviors that can lead to relapse, handling frustration, challenges, and fear, while also learning healthy communication and problem-solving skills, and solutions that will lead to success.


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BENEFITS OF ANIMAL ASSISTED THERAPY

  • Animals can act as a buffer or diversion when it’s difficult to talk about feelings. Animals can be very good listeners, and they never judge.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy not only helps children to feel more comfortable with therapy but can impact school behavior by increasing confidence and attention skills and reducing hyperactivity.
  • The presence of animals has been shown to lower physiological symptoms of stress, anxiety and blood pressure.
  • Each therapy animal has stories of their own. Sometimes it helps just knowing that they’ve struggled, too.
  • Animal Assisted Therapy not only helps children to feel more comfortable with therapy but can impact school behavior by increasing confidence and attention skills and reducing hyperactivity.